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Man Sues TSA For $5 Million Following Peanut Butter Arrest

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24 hours in a cell for joking about sandwich spread

Steve Watson
Infowars.com
Feb 11, 2013


An Arizona man who was arrested at the behest of the TSA, following a wisecrack over a jar of peanut butter is suing the federal agency for $5 million.

Frank Hannibal, 50, was detained and dragged from LaGuardia Airport recently by police after a run-in with TSA agents over the jar of gourmet sandwich spread.

“The liquid oil that separated from the peanut butter had them baffled,” Hannibal told the New York Daily News.

Hannibal then commented to his wife and children that “They’re looking to confiscate my explosives,” as TSA agents inspected the 16-ounce jar of “Crazy Richards” chunky peanut butter.

TSA screener Edwin Sanchez, overheard Hannibal’s remark, did not see the funny side, and immediately called the cops, according to the court complaint.

Hannibal spent the next 24 hours in a cell, during which time he was fed a peanut butter sandwich by cops who later charged him with the felony of “falsely reporting an incident”.

“It sounds laughable now but at the time to be led out of there like a terrorist was unbelievable,” Hannibal tells the Daily News. “My whole life was up in the air. It was a nightmare. My children were overwhelmed. It was crazy.”

Hannibal has brought a $5-million-dollar lawsuit against the TSA worker and the Port Authority officer who arrested him, all over a $7 confectionary which was returned to him upon his release from jail.

“It’s a sorry state of affairs in this country when sarcasm is considered a felony,” his attorney, Alan D. Levine of Queens, noted, adding that TSA agents need to act with common sense in such situations.

This is not an isolated incident. The TSA has a history of concentrating on looking out for cakes and pies, as well as sauces, oils and vinegars.

The Homeland Security agency has also instituted a crack down on candy and cupcakes.

At the same time, people are routinely waltzing through security lines with swords, knives, explosives and guns. Many agents are too busy groping women and searching old people’s diapers to bother checking passports and flight passes.

Still, it’s good to know that the government is keeping Americans safe from sandwich wielding jokers.

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by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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EveyTri
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Good. The TSA needs a kick in the balls.

punky3175
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM
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I love that idea!

Quoting tweety101149:

 If they find in his favor maybe thet will grant him a penny, and then charge him court costs for wasting the courts time for such foolishness.  




Quoting punky3175:

It sounds like he's just after the money.


Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree with you. And $5 million? Really?




Quoting punky3175:

Sorry but he's an idiot. There is a time and place for sarcasm. Standing in line at an airport being inspected by TSA is NOT that time or place. It's been 11 years - you'd think it would be common sense not to make such a comment in this situation. I hope he gets laughed out of the court room.



 

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TheStepMonster
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

You know - the TSA procedures DO need to be changed.  But this isn't the way to go about it.  Right now, dude looks like a freaking idiot.  He broke the rules, he got caught, and now he's suing for $5million.

He is as much of an idiot as the woman who sued McDonalds for burning herself with coffee - because it was hot.  Seriously?

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Feb. 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

 This

Quoting punky3175:

Sorry but he's an idiot. There is a time and place for sarcasm. Standing in line at an airport being inspected by TSA is NOT that time or place. It's been 11 years - you'd think it would be common sense not to make such a comment in this situation. I hope he gets laughed out of the court room.

 

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jillianmayasmom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Exactly this.


Quoting punky3175:

Sorry but he's an idiot. There is a time and place for sarcasm. Standing in line at an airport being inspected by TSA is NOT that time or place. It's been 11 years - you'd think it would be common sense not to make such a comment in this situation. I hope he gets laughed out of the court room.

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illegallyblonde
by Lawyerupbeeches on Feb. 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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TSA are a bunch of cop/secret service wannabes with low IQs. I knew a girl who worked for TSA...

In this case, yeah don't joke around in ear shot of these people. Save the jokes for later.
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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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Sure it is. Maybe someone will petition of peanut butter company use to put a warning on a label, ( stir well before going through the TSA).

Quoting LauraKW:

Peanut butter oil can separate from peanut butter. And that is a unique idea for how to sneak a liquid explosive on a plane.



Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I find it unfortunate that the TSA (civilians with badges) feels it's their responsibility to get uptight over a joke because their idiot staff doesn't realize that peanut butter oils can separate from its butter. Arresting him was the OBVIOUS wrong move. I hope he wins.

Well played TSA, well played. I feel so much safer know you employ dum dums.

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valhallaarwen
by Bronze Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I don't feel sorry for him and this is why . You cannot carry anything over a certain ounce onto the plane.  I havent flown in a long time but I don't think 16 ounces can be carried on the plane with you as a passenger.  The last time I traveled via a plane, ou could carry 3 ounces (peanut butter, pudding, etc.).  He should have put it in his suitcase if he checked one in.  Plus, you never joke with TSA about anything.  I carry bottles of hot sauce and other Louisiana stuff but only in my checked in suit case.

valhallaarwen
by Bronze Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I have carried food thru TSA but it is food that can be carried thru meaning sandwiches, salads, chips, etc., but not jars of peanut butter, jelly, hot sauce over 3 ounces.  He most likely would have had it tossed for being over the ounce limit, but he got stupid about joking about explosives. 

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

We are treated like potential criminals EVERYTIME we fly.  Our civil rights are stripped away from us when we walk into the airport and you don't have a problem with that?

Quoting punky3175:

Sorry but he's an idiot. There is a time and place for sarcasm. Standing in line at an airport being inspected by TSA is NOT that time or place. It's been 11 years - you'd think it would be common sense not to make such a comment in this situation. I hope he gets laughed out of the court room.


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